Marine Aircraft Disaster: 15 Marines, 1 Navy Corpsman Killed in Mississippi Crash

Retired Marine familiar with planes speaks about aircraft that crashed

The investigation into Monday's deadly military crash will receive a jump start now that the staff specially trained to analyze every piece of wreckage - and determine what it means - has already been chosen by the U.S. Marine Corps.

"What we do as marines and sailors in the service of our nation is inherently unsafe, whether it's going on a training mission as I understand these marines and sailor were or going to combat", he said.

"To show our support and love for Joe, Gayle, and their children, we will be running the Marine Corps Half Marathon on their behalf on September 16", the Facebook page reads.

Among the dead were six Marines and one Navy sailor from the Marines' special operations command, who were heading for pre-deployment training. In his time in the Marine Corps, Johnson traveled to Europe, Africa, South Asia and the Pacific as well as war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan without any incidents, Kevin Johnson said. The 16 servicemembers killed in the crash were not yet identified.

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant called for prayers for "those hurting after this tragedy".

Brian Vinciguerra said that while service members know they put their lives on the line in service of their country, it doesn't make what happened any easier. Andrew Aranda told reporters no foul play was suspected.

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James also said that there were two impact sites.

The Marines said July 11 the air tanker was based at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, New York, and headed to California. The plane could be used for refueling planes in the air, and to carry cargo.The plane went down in a rural area, 85 miles north of Jackson, and the debris was found on both sides of the highway. 49 were among those killed in Monday's crash in Mississippi. "We should keep them in our prayers always, and never take their sacrifice for granted".

MS congressman Steven Palazzo said on Twitter he was "devastated", and offered prayers for the families of the victims.

Equipment that included "various arms ammunition and personal weapons" were also on the aircraft.

An intense fire, fed by jet fuel, hampered firefighters, causing them to turn to unmanned devices in an attempt to control the flames, authorities said.

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